A classic novel of adventure, drawn from London's own experiences as a Klondike adventurer, relating the story of a heroic dog, who, caught in the brutal life of the Alaska Gold Rush, ultimately faces a choice between living in man's world and returning to nature. Note.
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This novel is often touted as a children's favourite. I would certainly not recommend as a children's book. In fact given its long standing popularity I should think it is educational. It shows how the common person is so easily lead into convulsions of reaction against civilisation.
This extremely violent story [it is quite graphic for the time and more so when highlighting the emotions] hardly shows the Jack London's fascination with Marx or Spencer as the jacket suggests? Rather the Super Dog Buck is more reminiscent of the vulgarised Nietzsche so popular with the fascists and no doubt modern day reactionaries. And this not withstanding his use of the denomination comrade with his fellow dog team.
Buck the One Percenter becomes a mindless and guiltless murderer who has lost all decency and is merely free to kill and be killed. Of course perhaps that is what London was trying to suggest; that the Call of the Wild is not really worth answering. If one is to have a better system than capitalism it is no use harkening back to the past.
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
For Ages: 11+ years old
For Grades: 6+
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st July 1990
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.1 x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.06
Edition Type: New edition